Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb reveals the Inhumans television premiere includes more footage than the version that will screen in IMAX theaters. The Marvel Cinematic Universe first launched in 2008 with Iron Man and a post-credits scene that set up their Phase 1 ender, The Avengers. Marvel Studios then branched out to TV, premiering Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC and launching a street-level corner of the MCU on Netflix that has since grown to include four series - which will join together for the team-up miniseries The Defenders.
However, Marvel is also breaking entirely new ground with its upcoming series, Inhumans, which was created with help from IMAX and will debut its first two episodes in IMAX theaters a few weeks ahead of the show's TV premiere on ABC. With Iron Fist's Scott Buck shepherding Inhumans to screen as its showrunner, and Black Sails' Roel Reiné directing the first two episodes, the first ever TV series to be released in IMAX should be an event Marvel fans won't want to miss. But, for those who can't catch Inhumans in theaters, there will be something extra added to the show's TV debut.
During the Inhumans panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego this weekend, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb revealed the show's TV premiere includes more footage than the version of the pilot that will screen in IMAX theaters. As reported by CBR, Loeb compared the broadcast pilot of Inhumans to "a variant cover" - which means it will be something a little different than what debuts in theaters, though it's unclear what exactly will be added.
The series follows the Royal Family, including Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Maximus (Iwan Rheon), Medusa (Serinda Swan), Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor), Crystal (Isabelle Cornish), Karnak (Ken Leung), and Triton (Mike Moh). Plus, the giant teleporting dog Lockjaw will appear in Inhumans - and quickly became a fan favorite after the initial trailer dropped. As teased in the first trailer for Inhumans, the show will feature a struggle between Black Bolt and Maximus that will divide the Royal Family, as the latter attempts to usurp the former's claim to the throne. As a result, many of the Inhumans flee from their home of Attilan on the Moon to Earth.
Initial reactions to marketing for Inhumans haven't been quite as positive as Marvel's Netflix series like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, but there are many who are looking forward to the Royal Family finally receiving their own property in the MCU. Inhumans was originally slated to be a movie entry in the MCU - even getting a 2020 release date - but Marvel went in a different direction by turning it into a miniseries. However, Inhumans will still get a partial theatrical release when it debuts in IMAX later this year, though fans will certainly want to catch the broadcast premiere for the extra footage Loeb teased.
Inhumans debuts in IMAX on September 1, 2017, and on ABC on September 29.